A Penny For Your Thoughts, $5 For Your Feelings

Feelings = Art = Coffee?!

If a complete stranger walked up and handed you a pencil and paper, would you be willing to take a few minutes and oblige him by drawing some vaguely artistic representation of how you happen to be feeling at that very moment?

A Day of Feelings - The Donating Drummer

Well, if you happen to be tooling through the streets of San Francisco sometime in the near future, you may get precisely that opportunity. September’s TheDonatingDrummer recipient (yes, I know I’m posting a month late) is Matt Ramos, who submitted a fun project that he is calling “A Day of Feelings.” Since there’s little chance that many people reading this will be the same to run into Matt on the streets, I think it’s probably also safe to spoil the surprise/reward awaiting his willing participants. I’ll let Matt explain how this will all go down . . .

[At] 30vanquish.com, I break social barriers and try to connect people in any way possible by creating experiments, doing things out of my comfort zone and tying that into adding positivity.

[Throughout] “A Day of Feelings,” I will ask people to draw how they’re feeling during the day in San Francisco. It gives them a chance to become an artist. Even if it’s a simple smile or complex gloomy emotion . . . it’s up to them. I would love to collect many people’s feelings to bring awareness to a city’s feelings during the day.

I would like to give them a token of appreciation with $5 gift cards to a local coffee shop. (First 30 people to complete it = $150.) I won’t tell them of the reward until after the fact, of course.

I hope that the spread of that positive energy will help them be more positive to the rest of the people they interact with for that day and beyond!

As for me, I have a bit of social anxiety and a mild form of depression, so doing this would help me by being another incentive (and another form of accountability) to grow as a person while bringing a positive outcome to others (and loosening up my social skills).

Two Walks to Remember

Since Matt’s walk around San Francisco will certainly be one he remembers for a while, I decided that it would be fitting to use another walk that I was [sort of] participating in to fund his project. On the morning of Saturday, September 24th, I setup on a stage in Salem’s Riverfront Park to perform with new local country rock band, Sideways, entertaining all who showed up for the 2011 Walk to Remember, an event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon. The band also consisted of my good friends Jack Hopfinger, Nathan Olsen, John Pounds, Kent Emry, Vanessa Emry and Alex Blaylock.

I look forward to see those drawings, Matt!

Thank you . . .

. . . to everyone who has been passing TheDonatingDrummer along to your friends, coworkers, families, tweeps and FB followers. I appreciate all of your help!

(photo by L. Whittaker)